In this episode we visit an incredible 150 year old sailing ship that was hoisted into the trees and turned into a tree house for pirate ships. This is just one of the incredible accommodations found at the Tanglewood Retreat in Auckland, New Zealand. This week we’re going to explore them all!
One of the things I love about exploring tiny houses made for temporary housing is that they can often be incredibly experimental. People dare to be different and try things they would never dare to do in their own full-time homes. A fantastic example of this is to take an old sailboat and give it a new life in the tree tops.
Tanglewood is an ecological conservation area located on a regenerating plot in rural Auckland. Each accommodation was designed as a place of retreat, but also as a place of education. It is unique and offers insights into another type of sustainable building.
The pirate ship’s tree house is a wonderful example of resource reuse and recovery. This room is made almost entirely of salvaged materials and is incredibly fun and creative. As soon as you see the old sailing ship sitting between the trees, you know that you will experience something different! From the spiral staircase to the wine barrel crows nest and the secret rum store, this is a real playhouse for adults.
The Cob Cottage is beautifully built. It was built as part of an educational earthworks workshop and shows what can be achieved by building with earthen materials. This dreamlike room was shaped by hand and is covered with wonderful artistic features such as bottle walls and sculptures throughout the outdoor area. The entire room was lovingly made by hand and again houses a wonderfully creative design such as the bird nest loft and the incredible design of the inlay floor.
Even an old shed on the property has been turned into a beautiful wooden hut with a wood stove, pizza oven, and an incredible outdoor entertainment area.
With a limited kitchen and no bathroom in the cabins, they are served by an environmentally friendly compost toilet building and a wonderful communal kitchen. This is really a place where you can leave the stress of the world behind.
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